Posted on

9 Best Healthy Non-Toxic Cookware Options (2021 Ultimate Guide)

healthy non-toxic cookware

Using healthy, non-toxic cookware has never been more important. Sneaky toxins are present almost everywhere you look in your kitchen.

Unfortunately, many products labeled “safe” aren’t as innocent as they seem.

The good news? There are easy solutions to that problem!

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll be showing you which chemicals might be in your existing cookware, what this can do to your health, and the nine healthiest pots and pans in 2020 and beyond.

Additionally, we go super deep on the healthiest cookware materials, so you know which is right for your specific needs.

This way, you can keep your family safe and keep on living your best lives.

Does that sound like something you want?

If so, then keep on reading because everything you need is right here.

Short on time? You can use the Table of Contents below to jump around for quick answers!

Table of Contents

Why this Non-Toxic Cookware Guide?

We wrote this guide to help ease some frustrations that go along with buying new cookware.

It can feel overwhelming, spending your precious time browsing the web for answers on the safest pots and pans, only to be left scratching your head.

You’re probably well aware that Teflon doesn’t exactly make for the healthiest pots and pans and are curious about some better alternatives.

But you have some questions like:

  • Where do I start?
  • Which brands should I trust?
  • What materials should I avoid, and why?
  • How about their safer alternatives?
  • What are some affordable non-toxic cookware options?

So, we researched all of that and more.

This non-toxic cookware guide merely is me sharing these findings with you to save you time and headache.

My team and I spent many hours scouring articles from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the EWG (Environmental Working Group), the American Cancer Society, and more.

Then, we spent the same amount of time researching healthy non-toxic cookware brands with proven track records of high standards.

The result? You’ll quickly find what you need and get back to what’s important, spending time with your family and binge-watching some Netflix 🙂

Now let’s look at what you should avoid when choosing the safest cookware material.

Things You Should Avoid

Things like PTFE, PFOA, PFOS, Teflon, GenX, although non-stick, aren’t the best choice.

Other materials like uncoated aluminum may also be problematic, which we discuss below.

Disclosure: It’s easy to make claims here to instill fear, but that’s not what we’re doing.

This information is about arming you with the knowledge to protect your family.

So, let’s briefly take a look at the facts.

PTFE/ Teflon

PTFE, or Polytetrafluoroethylene (I know, a mouthful), was developed by DuPont in 1938 and is most commonly known as Teflon.

Manufacturers used this chemical as a non-stick surface for pans and other cookware.

With its application, this chemical creates a low-friction cooking surface that reduces stuck-on foods and makes cleanup easier.

The issue?

Once a pan coated in Teflon reaches about 424℉, according to the EWG, the Teflon begins to deteriorate, and toxic outgasses are released.

Furthermore, once the cookware reaches 680℉, which can happen within minutes while preheating a pan, at least six toxic gases are released.

These gases include two carcinogens, two global pollutants, and MFA (a chemical lethal to humans at low doses).

It’s no wonder people talk of “Teflon Flu,” a condition caused by inhaling these fumes, which kills pet birds and gives humans flu-like symptoms.

PFAS

PFAS are groups of human-made chemicals that include PFOA, PFOS, GenX (more on this next), and many other substances.

These chemicals make coatings on products, like cookware, that resist heat, oil, stains, grease, and water – making them famous for non-stick pans.

PFOA

PFOA, also known as C8, is another human-made chemical used to make Teflon and similar chemicals.

Luckily, organizations carried out studies on these chemicals, and the findings were horrendous.

PFOA’s can stay in the environment and the human body for long periods, accumulating to higher and higher levels.

Studies in lab animals have found exposure to PFOA increases the risk of certain tumors forming in the liver, testicles, breasts, and pancreas.

The EPA also reports limited findings related to:

  • Low infant birth weights
  • Effects on the immune system
  • Cancer (for PFOA)
  • Thyroid hormone disruption (for PFOS)

Yeah, this stuff is not cool.

That leads us to GenX, the replacement for PFOA coatings after the EPA’s Stewardship Program asked companies, including Dupont, to phase out these chemicals by 2010.

GenX

GenX is a sneaky one, and there’s a good chance you have it in your kitchen right now.

GenX was introduced in 2009 by Dupont as a quote “sustainable replacement” for PFOA’ after Teflon was deemed unsafe and began phasing out.

It is a chemical compound used in manufacturing non-stick coatings and other purposes, produced as a byproduct of particular manufacturing processes.

The issue here is that these chemicals have been found worldwide, including groundwater, finished drinking water, rainwater, air emissions, and of course, cookware.

This chemical can accumulate in the human body.

When exposed, laboratory studies on animals show adverse effects on the liver and blood, along with cancer of the liver, pancreas, and testicles.

It’s starting to feel like deja vu.

Uncoated Aluminum

Aluminum cookware has been popular for years because it’s lightweight, inexpensive, heats quickly, and is relatively easy to clean.

However, the bare aluminum surface is highly reactive with acidic foods such as tomatoes, vinegar, and citrus and can leach material into your food.

Now, while aluminum does leach into your food, the amount is meager and poses no actual health threat, although some sources claim a link to Alzheimer’s.

Even so, cooking these acidic foods on bare aluminum can ruin both your food and cookware, so it’s best to avoid uncoated aluminum pans altogether.

It isn’t the end for poor old aluminum, though!

Aluminum is often used for conductivity at the core of stainless steel or ceramic-coated pans, ensuring your food does not touch the aluminum.

So, the only safe aluminum cookware is those anodized or clad in a non-reactive material such as stainless steel where no aluminum touches your food.

Takeaway

It’s best to stay away from questionable human-made coatings on non-stick pots and pans for the above reasons.

And luckily, it’s easier now than ever with so many affordable, non-toxic cookware options on the market.

Before we get to the nine safest pots and pans to use, let’s break down eight of the safest cookware materials.

We need some context.

What are these materials? What makes them safe? What features can I expect for each? Limitations?

In this next section, we break down each type with some pros and cons, and then the following excerpt shows our top pick for each.

What is the Healthiest Cookware Material?

healthiest cookware materials
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Now, let’s lay out the healthiest cookware materials, so you have more knowledge and better insight for making a decision down below.

We’ll briefly touch on the material’s safety, durability, performance, and price points for each one.

We’ll also discuss their limitations.

This information will help you choose the right healthy, non-toxic cookware that is best suited for your family.

We’ll start from the top.

Stainless Steel Cookware

stainless steel

Stainless steel is an iron alloy containing nickel and chromium to increase corrosion resistance, prevent rust, pitting, and reaction with foods.

By itself, it’s not an excellent heat conductor; however, most stainless steel cookware has aluminum or copper cores wrapped in steel, allowing even heat distribution.

Choosing a quality stainless steel cookware set can give you safety and performance for a lifetime, without spending your entire life savings.

Pros:

  • It can be used on all stovetops and is exceptionally durable, lasting you many years.
  • A smooth, non-porous surface that’s free of chemical coatings.
  • Non-reactive and much more sanitary than non-stick.
  • Dishwasher-safe (Save a lot of time).
  • Pretty affordable for a good quality set, although some higher-end options can get pricey.

Cons:

  • Not microwave-safe.
  • Not fully non-stick (Although we’ve got a pro tip for your later in this post to make it non-stick).
  • There is some concern about nickel leaching, which can be an issue if you’re sensitive to this metal. The material can leach if the pan gets scratched by utensils*.

(*For this reason, in the next section, you’ll find both a standard stainless steel cookware set ANDnickel-free option! #’s 1 and 2)

Cast Iron Cookware

cast iron

Cast iron cookware is valued for its excellent heat retention, serious durability, high-temperature searing, and non-stick cooking when adequately seasoned.

Seasoning is a baked-on coating of oils and fats, which acts as a glass-like, non-stick film.

Many times, cast iron pans come pre-seasoned with a thin layer of vegetable oil, but if for some reason it doesn’t, here’s how you season your pan.

  1. Clean: Clean the surface of the pan with warm, soapy water, and a brush. If rust is present, use a metal scouring pad.
  2. Oil: Apply a thin, even layer of cooking oil to the cookware (inside and out).
  3. Bake: Place the cookware in the oven upside down on the top rack and place aluminum foil on the bottom rack to catch any excess oil that may drip off the cookware. Bake at 450-500℉ for one hour.

Every time you cook, you are automatically maintaining the seasoning from the fats in your food!

However, if you use a lot of dish soap, you may want to re-oil your pan after it’s dry.

Pros:

  • Extremely durable (Can last for generations).
  • Naturally non-stick due to the seasoning layer (No cooking oils = lower calorie intake).
  • Versatile cooking; can sear, saute, bake, broil, braise, fry, use on the grill, even a campfire!
  • Safely accommodates very high heat (Up to 1500 degrees!)
  • Retains heat very well.
  • Very affordable.

Cons:

  • Heavy.
  • Not dishwasher-safe (Cast iron can rust. It should be towel-dried or baked to evaporate moisture).
  • Not-microwave-safe.
  • Heats up slowly.
  • Can react and leach iron into foods (Avoid if you have hemochromatosis). On the contrary, this can be beneficial if you’re anemic!

Overall, cast iron can be a little tricky to get used to, but it’s a very unique, versatile, and affordable piece of cookware once you do.

Solid Ceramic Cookware

solid ceramic

Pure ceramic cookware is not very common, but Xtrema (#4 in the next section) is one of the only authentic ceramic brands out there.

Ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic material made using mixtures of clay, earthen elements, powders, and water, then shaping them into desired forms before baking in a kiln.

Pros:

  • A smooth glass-like surface that’s free of non-stick chemicals.
  • Non-reactive (Won’t leach chemicals).
  • Very versatile; safe for stovetops, oven, grill, and broiler.
  • Microwave-safe.
  • Refrigerator and freezer-safe (Don’t go right from oven to fridge. Let cool first).
  • Non-scratch surface (Go ahead, use those metal utensils).
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Safest cookware to use for high heat (Handles up to 2500℉).
  • Retains heat well, allowing you to cook at lower settings and conserve energy.

Cons:

  • Easily breaks when dropped.
  • Heats up slowly.
  • Although less-stick it still requires some oil to release foods (Tips on this later).
  • Pricey, but worth the investment.

Ceramic-Coated Cookware

ceramic-coated

When comparing ceramic vs. stainless steel, both are very similar in useability—however, ceramic-coated wins in the non-stick department.

This healthy, non-toxic cookware is usually made from anodized aluminum (won’t react with foods or leach chemicals) and features a ceramic-based non-stick coating, free of PTFE and PFOA.

So your food only touches the ceramic, yet the aluminum core heats up much faster and more even than pure ceramic.

This gives you the non-stick functions you love from Teflon cookware, without any harmful chemicals, and makes cleanup a breeze!

Pros:

  • Non-stick without any unhealthy chemical coatings (Easy cleanup).
  • Versatile;  high-heat safe on all stovetops, ovens, and broilers up to 600℉.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Non-reactive (Won’t leach chemicals).
  • Quick and efficient, even heating.
  • Resilient cooking surface.
  • Relatively affordable for such a high level of performance.

Cons:

  • Not microwave-safe.
  • Although resilient, ceramic surface can wear out (Best to avoid metal utensils).
  • Again, although dishwasher-safe, it’s best to hand-wash to preserve the ceramic coating.
  • The non-stick surface can wear out.

Porcelain Enamel Cookware

porcelain enamel

Cast iron cookware, enhanced!

Porcelain enamel cookware is typically cast iron coated in enameled ceramic (like a powdered glass), providing an attractive glass-like surface that protects the iron from rust.

It is a hybrid blend that mixes cast iron’s impeccable durability and heat retention abilities with an all-natural, non-stick coating.

Pros:

  • Extremely durable (Can last for generations).
  • Accommodates very high heat and has excellent heat retention = highly efficient.
  • Inert and unaffected by acidic foods and moisture (Won’t rust).
  • Naturally non-stick without seasoning (Less maintenance than pure cast iron).
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher-safe.
  • Safe on all stovetops; can sear, saute, bake, broil, braise, fry, and use on the grill.

Cons:

  • Cannot use metal utensils or abrasive scrubbers (to preserve non-stick surface).
  • Not microwave-safe.
  • Heats up slowly.
  • Can get pricey, but worth the investment, in my opinion.

Glass Cookware

glass

Glass makes for some of the healthiest cooking pots because it is entirely free of toxic chemicals, inert to acidic foods, safely stores food, and is very hygienic.

Glass cookware is not only great for cooking, but it can be placed right on the dinner table to serve!

Many people love how you can see your food cook through the glass from any angle, allowing you to monitor your cooking progress easily.

Pros:

  • Non-reactive and much more sanitary than non-stick.
  • Cooking surface will not wear out.
  • Completely see-through (Lets you monitor your food).
  • Safe on gas and electric stovetops, in the microwave, and under a broiler in the oven.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Safely stores foods and great for serving (Right from the range to the table).
  • Refrigerator and freezer-safe.
  • Easy cleaning.

Cons:

  • Very fragile if dropped or extreme temperature changes.
  • Doesn’t always heat evenly.
  • Can be affordable, but for a quality set, costs can run higher.

Titanium Cookware

titanium

Titanium makes some of the best non-toxic cookware, in my opinion, because it’s inert and bio-compatible, meaning it won’t react adversely in the human body and won’t alter the taste of food.

It is very sanitary, frequently used in the medical field because of its safety.

Titanium is much lighter than steel yet just as durable, won’t rust, affordable, and resistant to rust and scratching.

This revolutionary non-toxic, non-stick cookware is usually a titanium-infused ceramic which prevents sticking and is almost three times more durable than ceramic-coated.

Pros:

  • Very lightweight while extremely durable (Easier to maneuver).
  • Very safe material (No reactions with the human body).
  • Resistant to rust and scratching (Use any utensil).
  • Very affordable.
  • Works on gas, electric, ceramic, glass, in the oven, and halogen stovetops.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Non-stick and non-reactive (Won’t alter the taste of foods).
  • When paired with an aluminum base, heats quickly and evenly.
  • Accommodates high-heat cooking.

Cons:

  • Not microwave-safe

Carbon Steel Cookware

carbon steel

Healthy, non-toxic cookware made from carbon steel is strikingly similar to cast iron.

Carbon steel is made from 99% iron, with 1% carbon, and handles everything from delicate eggs and crepes to hearty steaks.

Therefore, it provides all the same unique benefits of cast iron, like high heat cooking and searing, natural non-stick seasoning that builds over time (reducing calorie intake), and more!

The difference?

non-toxic frying pan made from carbon is much thinner and lighter than cast iron, making it easier to use and store while heating up much faster than its thicker cousin.

Keep in mind that carbon steel also shares the same limitations as cast iron. It can rust and react with certain foods, leaching iron.

You should take extra care with carbon steel.

Pros:

  • Like cast iron, naturally non-stick due to the seasoning layer (No cooking oils = lower calorie intake).
  • Thinner & lighter weight than cast iron – more comfortable to maneuver.
  • Versatile cooking; can sear, saute, bake, broil, braise, fry, use on the grill, even a campfire!
  • Safely accommodates very high heat without damaging the pan.
  • Heats quicker than cast iron.
  • Extremely tough.
  • Very affordable.

Cons:

  • Not dishwasher-safe (Can rust. It should be towel-dried or baked to evaporate moisture).
  • Not-microwave-safe.
  • Like cast iron, it can react and leach iron into foods. On the contrary, this can be beneficial if you’re anemic!
  • Doesn’t retain heat as well as cast iron.

Takeaway

Now that we know what to avoid and the healthiest cookware materials, let’s dive into nine of the best non-toxic pots and pans of 2020 and beyond!

TIP: These cookware options vary in price, some more affordable than others. So you’ll notice “mix and match” options under several cookware sets.

These options will let you grab a single piece rather than the whole set so you can take what you like from several different options.

Mixing and matching can be more cost-effective and give you more versatility in the kitchen.

9 Best Non-Toxic Cookware Sets for Health & Safety

best non-toxic cookware

Now it’s time to look at the nine best non-toxic cookware options, taking into account the materials, the brand reputations, and customer experiences.

Nine different materials from almost all different brands.

You’ll find that each option correlates with the “healthiest materials” section above in exact order, as well as this numbered image.

If you need to, you can go ahead and glance back up at the pros and cons before deciding.

Additionally, you’ll find images and highlighted features for each set, followed by some mix and match options.

This way you’re not tied to one specific material and can grab the safest pots and pans for any application.

Let’s dive in!

#1

Non-Toxic Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Cuisinart provides high-performance cooking without a high-performance price tag.

This 10-piece food-grade stainless steel cookware set includes a 1.5 Qt saucepan with cover, 2.5 Qt saucepan with cover, 3.0 Qt saute pan with cover and helper handle, 6 Qt stockpot with lid, 8” skillet, and a 10” skillet.

One thing to keep in mind, stainless steel is not fully non-stick.

But here’s a tip: The trick to making stainless act non-stick is to heat it before you add the food.  Heat it for about 2 minutes on medium heat, then add some oil. Once the oil is hot and starts smoking a little, you can add the food, and it should slide around.

Highlighted Features

  • Safe on any stovetop, so you know your stove at home is compatible.
  • Heat Surround™ technology that heats your food evenly, letting all your meals turn out delicious, giving you a quick win every night.
  • Cool-touch handles so you don’t burn yourself and have to explain to your boss why you can’t type at work.
  • Triple-Ply with aluminum interior for quick heating, so you can finish cooking faster and have more time with that glass of wine 😉
  • Dishwasher-safe so you can save the hassle of scrubbing pans altogether.
  • Drip-free tapered rims for pouring sauces, so you don’t miss the mark and cover the dog instead.
  • See-through tempered glass lids.
  • Lifetime warranty.

Cuisinart’s non-toxic stainless steel cookware is crafted with precision and has been for nearly 40 years, satisfying customers ever since.

Just look at their thousands of positive reviews on Amazon!

Want to mix and match instead of grabbing a full set? Click here to grab Cuisinart’s 10” Try-Ply skillet.

#2

Nickel-Free Stainless Steel Cookware Set

This nickel-free stainless steel cookware set from Homi Chef gives you the safety and flexibility that stainless steel offers, without allergens.

Set includes a 1 Qt covered saucepan, 2.5 Qt covered saucepan, 7 Qt covered stockpot, 8″ fry pan, 9.5″ fry pan, and 2.5 Qt covered saute pan.

Why nickel-free?

Some people are allergic to this metal, and cooking in regular stainless steel can aggravate their allergy, causing rashes.

However, something to keep in mind is that nickel-free stainless steel cookware will not be as corrosion-resistant due to the lack of nickel and may not last as long.

Highlighted Features

  • This cookware set has the same features as Cuisinart above, including triple-ply construction with quick heating, drip-free rims, and tempered glass lids!
  • Also safe on any stovetop.
  • The only difference is that it does not contain nickel. Essentially, the allergy-free version of the Cuisinart set above!

#3

Best Cast Iron Cookware Sets

These natural cast iron non-toxic pans from Lodge are quite the workhorse, able to be used for almost any cooking application from slow cooking to searing.

Customers love the rich, savory flavors that only come from cooking on cast iron skillets, just like they did hundreds of years ago.

Nothing beats a steak on a cast-iron skillet!

Highlighted Features

  • Naturally non-stick due to the seasoning layer. No oil is needed, which means less fat and a better body!
  • Rivet-free handles that make cleanup much easier and more sanitary.
  • Cook on any surface, from your stovetop to the oven, your BBQ, or even a campfire!
  • Handles rough play without worrying about scratching the surface, giving you decades of use from one pan, and saving you cash.
  • Effortlessly add iron to your diet, perfect if you’re anemic.
  • Retains heat very well, so instead of reheating your seconds in the microwave, they’ll still be hot on the stove!
  • Includes a silicone handle holder so you can roast your food, not your hand.

Keep in mind these aren’t dishwasher-safe.

To clean, simply wash by hand with mild soap (avoid harsh cleaners), or none at all, then dry promptly with a cloth or paper towel.

Lodge has been crafting their cast iron skillets in Tennessee since 1896 and proudly stands behind their product. They will solve any issue and answer any question you have.

#4

Safest Ceramic Cookware

It’s easy to be fooled nowadays with ceramic cookware, especially those at very low prices.

Ceramic cookware often contains lead and other unhealthy metals like cadmium, which we discuss in our blog post on safe dinnerware.

Xtrema makes some of the safest ceramic cookware, and they are very open about their testing and safety data, coming out clean every time (hallelujah!)

Their dutch ovens and other non-toxic cookware perform on the grill, for baking bread, soups and stews, casseroles, roasting, and even deep-frying!

Set includes 1.5 Qt, 2.5 Qt, and 3.5 Qt versa pots, and a 10” versa skillet with a lid.

Highlighted Features

  • Safe for the stovetop, oven, microwave, grill, broiler, and even the fridge/ freezer for storage, meaning you won’t need to juggle several different pots and pans. Simply use these anywhere they’re needed!
  • Not only great for cooking, but for serving as well! Go from the oven to the table and wow guests at your next dinner party.
  • It can safely cook at very high temperatures and retains heat well, letting you use lower heat settings and be more eco-friendly.
  • Includes cool-touch silicone handles that prevent you from scalding your hands.
  • Smooth polished and non-scratch surface. Can safely use abrasive cleaners for easier cleaning.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • 10- Year thermal shock warranty.

Just be careful about dropping your Xtrema cookware because it is rather breakable.

#5

Ceramic-Coated Non-Toxic Pots and Pans

GreenPan makes some of the healthiest pots and pans because of their non-stick Thermolon coating.

Thermalon is a non-toxic sand derivative containing silicon (basically sand) instead of Teflon.

Included in this safe, non-toxic cookware set are 8”, 9.5”, and 11” fry pans, 2 Qt and 3 Qt saucepans with lids, a 3 Qt skillet with a lid, and a 5 Qt casserole with a lid.

Highlighted Features

  • Healthy Thermolon™ non-stick coating that eliminates toxic chemicals from scraping off into your food or releasing fumes.
  • Anodized aluminum core for fast and even heating so you can cook quickly and have more time with your kids, or that second glass of wine.
  • A diamond-reinforced coating, so you don’t waste money replacing your non-stick pans every year. Metal utensils safe.
  • Effortless cleaning surface so you can spend less time cleaning and more time bingeing Netflix.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Works on all stovetops, which solves the matter of compatibility.
  • Ergonomically-designed handles for comfortable, ninja-like cooking.
  • Oven and broiler safe up to 600°F and includes durable glass lids that are oven-safe to 425°F.

GreenPan offers a lifetime guarantee on manufacturing defects/ materials and a five-year warranty on their non-toxic pans’ coating.

This set costs slightly more than the Cuisinart cookware set, but well worth the time you’ll save cleaning pans!

Check out this 11-piece set of ceramic-coated cookware today!

Looking to mix and match and just grab one or two pieces instead of the whole set?

Get GreenPan’s 10″ & 12” non-stick frying pan combo here, or their 2 Qt & 3 Qt saucepan combo here!

#6

Porcelain Enamel Toxin-Free Cookware Set

Le Creuset crafts the highest-quality, safest, and most durable porcelain enamel cookware on the market, by far.

This set includes a 5 ½ Qt round dutch oven with lid, a 1 ¾ Qt saucepan with lid, and a 9” skillet.

Unlike bare cast iron, Le Creuset’s black enamel finish requires no seasoning yet handles very high surface temperatures just as well.

This gives you everything you like from cast iron, without the extra care involved.

Highlighted Features

  • Highly versatile: can sear, saute, bake, broil, braise or fry. Whatever your heart desires.
  • Safe on any cooktop, so you only need one piece of cookware to do the job of several, saving you space, money, and time cleaning.
  • A non-toxic enamel finish means much less maintenance and requires minimal cooking oil, reducing calories.
  • Very easy to clean and dishwasher-safe.
  • Won’t rust like uncoated cast iron, perfect for hectic nights where you don’t have time to pat dry.
  • Colorful, long-lasting exterior enamel resists chipping and cracking while looking fabulous in your kitchen.
  • Large handles provide a sure grip, even with oven mitts, making sure your food makes it to the table.
  • Knobs withstand temperatures up to 500℉.

Le Creuset has been crafting healthy non-toxic cookware with excellence since 1925 by French artisans, and once you get a set, you’ll see why people love them.

This brand is crafted in France and has been tested free of lead and cadmium in their coloring.

Le Creuset toxin-free cookware can be pricey but well worth the investment as it’ll perform forever.

Want to grab a single piece only?

Get Le Creuset’s Signature 10.25” skillet here, or their Signature 6.75 Qt round dutch oven here.

#7

Best Glass Cookware Set

Calexium is used to craft Visions glass cookware, a transparent material belonging to the pyroceram family of glass-ceramics.

This glass has high heat tolerance and low thermal expansion, meaning less likely to shatter.

In fact, Visions is one of the few cookware lines that can be used on the range (gas and electric), in the oven (conventional, convection, and microwave), and under a broiler.

It will withstand heat up to 850 °C (1,560 °F).

Included in this set is a double-handle pot (1.5L), a single handle pot (1L), and a larger single handle pot (2.5L).

Highlighted Features

  • Made from high-quality, non-toxic glass that is remarkably sanitary, so you don’t pollute your nutritious meals with nasty chemicals.
  • Increased shock and thermal resistance over other types of glass cookware, meaning less breakage.
  • Completely see-through, unlike any other cookware, so you can closely monitor your food’s progress and never overcook it again.
  • It can be used on any cooking surface (except induction) and in the microwave for quick reheating.
  • Store your leftovers right in the fridge, reducing your reliance on food storage containers.
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy cleaning; no battling with grime all night.
  • Two-year warranty.

Make sure to be careful with your glass cookware because, even though it’s a durable glass, it’s still breakable.

All in all, this 6-piece set from Visions is an excellent healthy non-toxic cookware option, although not as versatile as some previous examples. For baking casseroles and desserts, however, it shines.

Visions crafts their glass cooking pots in France.

Are you looking to mix and match?

You can find Visions single 1.5L amber saucepan with lid right here.

Or their 5L round dutch oven with cover right here.

#8

Titanium Non-Toxic Pans

If you’re looking for affordable, non-stick, and the safest non-toxic cookware that can handle anything you throw at it, this set from Saflon fits the bill.

Set includes an 8” frying pan and a 9.5” frying pan.

This option is genuinely revolutionizing, and with such an affordable price tag, it’s a great addition to any kitchen.

Highlighted Features

  • The titanium-coated surface is scratch-resistant and almost 3x more durable than classic Teflon, ceramic, and granite-coated pots, lasting way longer.
  • 4mm thick forged aluminum interior that heats quickly and evenly, letting you get the job done fast like a pro.
  • Rivet-free handles meaning less stuck-on grime and, therefore, fewer bacteria.
  • Cleans super smoothly and is dishwasher-safe, so you can get back to that Walking Dead marathon instead of scrubbing all night.
  • Use on any cooking surface (except the microwave).
  • Soft and cool-touch handles, so you don’t accidentally burn your hand and throw tonight’s dinner on your cat.
  • Extremely lightweight and great for bringing along camping or hiking.
  • The set includes a bonus storage bag.

Saflon crafts their titanium non-toxic pans in Turkey.

#9

Best Carbon Steel Frying Pan

Our final featured healthy non-toxic cookware option is a carbon steel skillet from one of our favorite brands, Lodge!

This non-toxic frying pan is very similar to the Lodge cast iron skillet we mentioned earlier, but with one key advantage – that being faster heating!

Highlighted Features

  • Naturally non-stick due to the seasoning layer, reducing your calorie intake. (For seasoning info, go back up to the cast iron section in “Healthy Materials”).
  • Safe to use on any cooking surface and at very high heat for searing, sautéing, roasting, frying, grilling, etc.
  • Extremely durable and able to use any utensils without ruining the surface while getting decades of use from one pan.
  • Using carbon steel can help add iron to your diet, perfect if you’re anemic.
  • Thinner and heats much faster than cast iron, saving you time while still reaping all the delicious, hearty rewards. (The downside is slightly less heat-retention.)
  • Includes a silicone handle holder so you can focus on cooking your meals, not your hand.

Overall, Lodge carbon steel pans are tough and healthy cookware options that can serve your family for a long time.

Lodge is a family-owned company that proudly stands behind its products. If you experience any issues, contact them, and they’ll help you right out!

Lodge proudly crafts their carbon steel skillets in the USA!

How To Choose

Phew! You made it this far, so good on you!

I know your head might be spinning from all the options above.

So I wanted to give you some suggestions on choosing the healthiest pots and pans that are right for you.

There are several things to consider when choosing healthy non-toxic cookware…

  • Do you want non-toxic, non-stick cookware that doesn’t require cooking oil? Then I would choose cast iron, ceramic-coated, or titanium.
  • Maybe you’re looking for a healthy cookware material that can withstand very high heat without worrying about damage? Cast iron/ carbon steel, porcelain enamel, and solid ceramic might be best.
  • Or something very versatile and affordable, giving you a broad range of use? Stainless steel might be right for you.
  • Maybe you want something lightweight or something dishwasher-safe for convenience? Titanium, stainless steel, and ceramic-coated could be the way to go. 

Some other things to reflect on may include:

  • What cooking surface you currently use at home.
  • What cooking utensils you use, like spatulas, spoons, etc. (If you use metal utensils, you’ll want a non-scratch cooking surface).
  • Food compatibility. Does it react with acidic foods, or is unreactive? That ties into…
  • What type of meals you usually cook.

The most important thing here is to be mindful and consider the best cookware material for health, longevity, and our own cooking needs.

There isn’t always a one-size-fits-all set for everyone.

That’s why you see the “Mix and Match” options in the above “best non-toxic cookware” section. You don’t need to choose one full set of any particular type or brand.

It’s all about what works best for you!

Conclusion

There we have it, that wraps up our post on the best, healthy non-toxic cookware!

We evaluated the worst cooking materials, the safest cookware material, and picked out 9 of the best non-toxic cookware options offered today.

I hope this post has helped you understand what to avoid, and which of the healthiest cookware materials you’ll choose when it’s time for some new safe pots and pans!

Choosing the right cookware is important because using the wrong kind can be dangerous to your health, family, and the planet.

Any small step you can take is beneficial!

What cookware do you currently use? Are you going to try any of these healthy, non-toxic cookware options? Leave a comment below! We’d LOVE to hear from you 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! 

P.S. If you haven’t yet, check out our post on safe, non-toxic dinner plates to pair with your cookware!

We rounded up some of the safest and most pure options out there that ensure a toxic chemical-free meal.

Enjoyed this post? Share it with your friends!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on email